Gianluca Colla was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1976. After attending high school he studied at the Civil Engineering & Architecture Faculties in Bologna. Following work experience in various fields, his love for travelling and passion for photography soon lead him to combine these interests to become his profession.
An in depth knowledge of photography, in particular in the digital sector, has led him to work in many different areas, including collaborations with National Geographic, Blockbuster, World Gold Council, Wind, United Bank of Swiss, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi and The Blue Zones. These collaborations allow him to travel to many diverse destinations around the world, from the Arctic Polar Circle to Africa's deserts, from the Far East to the Amazon.
Gianluca's photographs have appeared in various publications, including National Geographic Magazine, NG Travel Magazine, Newsweek, and CondéNaste.
Since 2004 he has been a member and photographer of "The Quest Network", a team of explorers and scientists who have come together for the love of exploration, scientific popularization and the use of modern technology to create online interactive expeditions. He is also a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), holds seminars and teaches digital photography courses such as the Toscana Photographic Workshop and the Canon Academy. He is the director of CruisePhotoFactory's workshops.
When not on assignment Gianluca lives between Italy and Switzerland.